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Saturday, July 26, 2014

A new Chapter in my Life

Ah turning the page in my life, has been so rewarding.

About 8 months ago or so, I man comes to my counter and says that he needs business cards. I showed him our selection, he told me exactly what he wanted. It was a simple card really, he already had the logo and info. We talked for some time while I was making his cards.

Found out that him R and his partner W of 29 years had just opened up a gay bar, not to far from my work. I would go just about every night. The owners and I became friends.  If I didnt show up for awhile I would get a phone call from R wondering where I was and what I was doing. The calls were nice.

They invited me over to their house, I went and they showed me around. I was amazed, the house is a 1922 built home. With 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths.

They told me that they are turning this home into a bed and breakfast. They showed me all the rooms. Living room, Kitchen, Dining room, Office, and the bedrooms. We went up the stairs and I saw these.

 This is called the Asian Room, it has a private Full size Bath.

 This one is called the Carmen Room, dedicated to a friend of theirs that passed away.

This is the Jungle Room

Both Carmen and the Jungle room shares a bathroom. The tour was not over, they said follow. We went back down the stairs and out the back door to one of the patios. We went to a gate that says "Relax" this way.

My jaw dropped. 

 The very first thing I see is this, a 7 person hot tub.

 Then I see the pool and gazebo

Then I turned around and see the bar and all the lounge chairs.

They told me if I ever wanted to use their pool just let them know. I thanked them for that sweet offer.

Several months has passed, I only went over once in a great while and laid out. 

Back in late June, I get a disturbing text. My friend R is in the hospital with a bad heart attack. Even though I could not go see him, (I was at work) I texted them every day to see how he was doing. He had to have 5 new valves put in and they used the new mechanical ones. 

June 22nd is the day that changed my life for the better. That was the day that W walked into work and needed a fax done. We talked about how R was doing. He said he is doing really well. His color is coming back into his face. It made me smile that he was recovering well. I told W that I was off at 6pm and would like to come over and help out with anything. He said you don't need to do that. But after work that day, I went to their house and rang the doorbell. W opened it up and I said here I am use me. 

We went to the bar area and he said we need to finish the bar. The walls were up and finished. He said we need to put all the cabinets in. We worked on the bar until dark and then he said come on we need to go to the hospital and visit R.   

R was sitting up and very happy to see us. We talked for hours and laughed. He looked really good for what all he had been through. We left and when back to the house and W asked me to spend the night. I had the next day off and he really needed the help. I agreed. He said pick a room. I slept in the jungle room.

The next morning W said, I am trying to get the place ready for Pride. It was Saturday and they invited over 100 to attend.  

W and I worked from the time we woke up until we went to see R. I ended up spending the night there every night that week. 

We finished the bar, and cleaned the rooms, mowed the yard, put up the flags, etc. The place looked great. 
W's phone rang on June 27th, it was R. He said come and get me. The hospital released him. Just in time for Pride. We were so excited. W went to get R and I stayed behind to finish cleaning the house. 

R was so glad to be home, he was smiling from ear to ear. He said he was ready to get out of there. I can so relate to that.
 R and W asked if I was spending the night again, I said yes please. It was Pride and I was super excited. I took Pride weekend off from work. I am so glad I did, I had the best time ever. 

This was the first ever Night Pride Parade in St. Petersburg. The mayor of the city was in it (also a first) and he flew the gay flag at city hall. (a first). 

When people started showing up I was greeting them. Some of them I already knew from the bar and others I did not know. About 6pm (A) comes up to me and said hey you want to be in the Parade with me. I did not even blink an eye and said yes. He said meet over at the park at 6:30 pm. I showed up at 6:30pm and there he was in his ATV.   

Me and (A)
(A) is a stunt man and stunt driver for movies and commercials. He had huge speakers on his ATV as seen in the picture. We was jamming through the Parade Route. I stood up on his seat and danced and he stood up and drove and danced. So much fun.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Eagles Boileroom Bar and Grill

I am not a big drinker, but one of my clients owns this bar. I was excited to have a place to go once in a while when I want to go out. The Eagle above was hand drawn on the wall of the bar by one of the owners.

This bar is a Levi, Leather and Bear. But everyone is welcome. I hear that on special nights, you must wear the proper clothes before they will let you in.

The atmosphere at the bar is great, the music is not to loud, its not to dark and not to bright. The restaurant part of the bar is wonderful. The food is great with the prices to match. The staff is very friendly, and bartenders L and J make the place.

Last Saturday, I made a few new friends. I saw a group of guys playing Frakel at a table. I asked if I could join in. They agreed and I played a few games with them. It was a great time. I ended up closing the bar, with the owners. The next day I had to be at work at 9am. I was soooo late. =o)

The Grand Opening is February 1st and I plan on going. If you want more information please give them a call

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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Halloween with Friends

I went to a friends house that lives on the Gulf of Mexico. We had a huge steak dinner it was yummy. During dinner, we watched the sun going down. It was so relaxing, and beautiful.


We went to a house to do a Free Estimate the other day. When I turned around, this is what I saw. 

I am amazed that a palm tree, has grown inside this tree. It stuck out like a sore thumb. I was amazed had to take a picture of it. 

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

R.A.D. Services of Largo LLC

Its now official. Our name that is. We tried to get some other names, but they were already taken. So that is it R.A.D. Services of Largo LLC.

Since the last time I posted, we have done a few jobs. We got a call from a guy that needed some things done on his rental property.

He needed screen put into his screen room.

He needed a door hung and fit.

He needed a dryer vent installed. It was not an easy task, we had to punch through a concrete wall.

The next one wanted her windows cleaned. They were a mess too. 

 Her dogs just laid there the entire time. lol

Once I was done they looked really good. =o)


This customer said, look at what the contractors left me, one panel of siding out.

They all so left large gaps in the trim work. He called the company that did this, and they told him to bad.

We fixed his trim with no gaps
 We added new siding to the one that was missing.


We had the one lady that called us to do an estimate, she said her ceiling fan was broke and so was her bathroom sink. When we got there, I found a fan blade that came loose, I just tightened it and the fan worked just like new. She showed us the sink, and we just had to clean the screen in it. It was fixed.

She was so pleased at everything we did, she asked how much, and we said $15 for gas. She happily agreed and has been giving our cards out to many people.


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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

I saw a UFO

I could not believe my eyes. I saw this bright bright Red and Orange glow in the sky. It was west of my home. The first thing I thought was to grab my camera. I ran into the house and ran back out thinking it would be gone. It was still there. I took a video of it...

It moved so fast that I stopped the record and looked with my eyes to find it again. By the time I did, it shot straight up in the sky and disappeared. I was amazed.

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Sunday, October 6, 2013

R.A.D. Professional Services

R.A.D. Professional Services was born last month 9/20/13.
(Robbin. Allen.Darrick)
Three months ago me and 2 neighbors was sitting around complaining about our JOBS. (just over broke) All three of us makes just a little over minimum wage. We decided to start a "handyman" business.

Starting a business has not been an easy task. Its more work than I thought it was going to be. I know how to sell, make flyers and hand them out, I know how to make business cards. All of this came naturally to me.

But what has not came naturally to me, is the paperwork for all the other stuff you need for this kind of business. Federal ID number, LLC paperwork, Business Registration with the state of Florida, License with the city, Insurance, etc.

It has taken us about a month to get all the paperwork done. But there is always a catch. Our name that we originally picked for the LLC, was already in use, so now we think this name will work. But not sure yet. Monday we all have to call the state and figure out if this name will work.

In this month time, we have been putting out flyers and talking to people and handing out business cards.
Last week was the first time our phone started ringing. It has rang everyday including yesterday. Its all good, we give FREE Estimates.

One person called on Wednesday and said " I have rental properties, and I need a Handyman for all of them" I said we would love to work with you. He invited us to his first property.

He said here is what I need done here. I need screening on the front porch, toilet keeps leaking, door is off hinges and the last contractor was supposed to put in a dryer vent in the back. We figured a fair price for us and them. We offered the price and he accepted, then he said can you do it today? We apologized and said no, but we can be here first thing in the morning.

8am the next day we meet and head out to the property. Once we got out of the truck, pulled out the tools, everyone took off to do their jobs. Robin did the screening, Darrick did the dryer vent, and I started in the bathroom.

Robbin worked on the screening. She did a very good job. 

This door was not an easy task. I put it on its hinges, but the door would not close. The door was larger than the frame. I went and got Darrick and said can you help me with this. We had to cut 1/2" off the door to make it fit. 

Darrick said the dryer vent was a B!tch to get in. He had to chip out the concrete  with a electric hammer that we rented for the job, but the roof line came down to far to get it lined up right. He kept up with it and it turned out really good. 

The toilet was in my opinion the easiest job to do. I pulled the old guts out and put the new one in. 

We are happy that we our first job is completed. Our Client was very pleased with the job that we did. Not one complaint. 

We have another job scheduled in 2 weeks. =o)

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